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Student makes most of volunteer work

Lauren Anuszewski credits her mother with getting her involved with volunteering at an early age.

“She’d say, ‘You have so much to offer: Why are you sitting around?’” Anuszewski said. “I started to (volunteer) on my own. I’m glad I did because I can’t think of a better way to spend my time.”

Anuszewski has continued to volunteer as a college student, and those efforts also helped earn her a Binghamton University Forum scholarship.

The 20-year-old senior from Greenwich is president of the service organization Circle K. The group has already made its presence felt this semester by taking part in September’s riverbank cleanup and conducting a can and bottle drive in College-in-the-Woods. The money raised in the latter event went toward surgery for an abused dog brought to the Binghamton Humane Society.

“Sometimes you do these things and you never know where the money goes,” Anuszewski said. “It was comforting to know.”

Next up for Anuszewski and Circle K are a “Trick or Can” fundraiser in Vestal on Halloween weekend for CHOW and a Locks of Love event with Cutting Crew salon on Nov. 17.

Volunteer work is something that proves valuable for students, Anuszewski said.

“You will never find a group of people who are more talented and visionary than college students,” she said. “You can’t find a more skillful, adept group of people who can go out into the community and make a real difference. We’re so blessed to have these times that we can actually share with others. And it costs you nothing to do it — just your time. As long as you’re willing to give your time, you get so much back.”

Anuszewski, a human development major, also works as a resident assistant in Cayuga Hall and interns as a résumé coordinator at the Career Development Center.

She said classes with Benita Roth, an associate professor in sociology who has an “energy, spunk and zeal about her topics,” have made an impact on her.

“I like Lauren tremendously,” Roth said. “She is sharp, concerned, articulate and involved.”

Anuszewski wants to become a community mental health counselor and sees her work at Binghamton as a bridge to doing more good deeds.

“I want what I’ve done to lead up to something that is even more involved, has a bigger impact and reaches more people,” she said. “That would be my ultimate goal.”
 

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Last Updated: 10/14/08